Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – The publications of "Omnis Terra", the magazine of culture, mission and news analysis published by the International Secretariats of the Pontifical Mission Societies resumes today, February 13. The first issue of the new edition of the magazine, which abandoned the paper version, is now available on-line at http://omnisterra.fides.org or Agenzia Fides website (www.fides. org) that takes care of the publication with its editorial staff.
"Omnis Terra" was born in 1961 in the French language, as an internal bulletin of the International Secretariat of the Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU). "Those were the years of the spring awakening of the missionary identity of of the entire Church and, at the dawn of the II Vatican Ecumenical Council, the Church, the Council Fathers, began to become aware that mission was not only for missionaries", says Fr. Fabrizio Meroni, PIME, Secretary General of the PMU and Director of "Omnis Terra".
Today "Omnis Terra" proposes itself to readers in an experimental phase which, for 2017, provides for the release of three issues.
In its multilingual version online, the magazine returns with the "intent to make known the riches of the Christian experience and theological, spiritual, missionary and pastoral reflection of particular Churches, of their centers of study and research, scattered in the world".
Among the articles in the first issue, the opening is dedicated to "Silence, Scorsese and mission in the Church" which, within the "Culture and arts" session, presents an analysis of the film masterpiece "Silence" and book from which it is drawn. The section "Religion and Society", welcomes the contribution of Imam Ataul Wasih Tariq on the theme "Islam, religion of peace" and one dedicated to the Australian government's policy on asylum seekers. The area regarding "World, Earth Peoples" looks at Africa with two articles focused on the conflicts in Sudan and South Kivu. The refugee crisis in Mexico and that of health in Madagascar occupies the section "Family and Development", while the magazine ends with a section dedicated to theological reflection and witnesses.
The first issue of "Omnis Terra", finally, is enhanced with a photo shoot titled "The sacred, beyond the borders", signed by Monika Bulaj, Polish photojournalist who has been travelling "in the holy suburbs of the people of the Book" for years, investigating "times and places where Jews, Christians and Muslims reveal their common membership". An evocative journey through pictures, through "gestures, clothes, lights, paths that reveal similarities among monotheistic religions, and show all the power of a single Word". (Agenzia Fides, 13/02/2017)